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Minneapolis man killed in industrial accident at Supervalu warehouse

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A 51-year-old Minneapolis man is dead after a Sunday afternoon industrial accident inside the Supervalu Food Distribution Center in Hopkins.

KARE 11 reports that Hopkins police responded to a 911 call that said a man had been injured after being pinned by a piece of equipment. By the time police arrived, the worker had died as a result of the accident. The Star Tribune reports first responders declared him dead at the scene.

The man was identified as Perry Goffard by the Teamsters Local 120 Union, KSTP says. His wife told WCCO that he'd worked at the company for 15 years.

The union posted a message on its Facebook page Sunday saying, "With a heavy heart we learned that earlier today, Perry Goffard, a Local 120 member at SuperValu in Hopkins, Minnesota, was killed while on the job. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Perry's friends and family in this difficult time; he will be missed."

The distribution center was shut down after the incident. KSTP quoted a statement from Supervalu, which read, in part, "This is an extremely sad day and Supervalu offers our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and fellow employees. We are working with authorities as they investigate this accident.”

Sgt. Mike Glassberg told WCCO that in his 20 years working for the Hopkins police department he can only remember two fatal accidents at Supervalu.

Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry announced that fatal work-injuries in the state decreased in 2013. There were 70 fatal work-injuries recorded in 2012 and 60 in 2011. The workplace fatality statistics are compiled by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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